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Sam Boissonneault
Sam Boissonneault • 2 years ago

“Stagecoach” Mary Fields (c. 1832-1914) was born enslaved in Tennessee and following the Civil War, she moved to the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana. In 1895, when she was around 60 years old, Fields became the second woman and first African American carrier for the US Postal Service.

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